MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez has been fighting through multiple injuries — some major, some minor — for quite some time now. After tolerating the pain to play every day for the past nine games, Gomez finally decided it was time for a day off.
Gomez, who has played every day since returning from a right knee sprain on Aug. 23, didn’t ask Brewers manager Ron Roenicke for the off day himself, but word was passed down to the skipper.
“He said not necessarily for the knee,” Roenicke said. “He said he needs a day. He’s been going hard and been playing on the knee and everything else this time of year. Not anything major. He’s kind of like ‘Seggy’. He’s a little beat-up. At the end of the year most of these guys are.”
Because of his aggressive style of play, Gomez has suffered various injuries throughout the season, including a sprained shoulder and knee in separate collisions with the wall. Gomez hit just .197 with one home run and three RBI in August and is hitting just .236 with seven home runs and 20 RBI since June.
“None of them are enough to keep him out of the lineup, but to just keep putting him out there when he’s worn down — he just suggested that he needed a day,” Roenicke said. “It wasn’t through me. He didn’t want to come to me with it.”
Thornburg to keep starting: Rookie right-hander Tyler Thornburg is back in the rotation and making his fourth start of the season Monday against Pittsburgh, but the Brewers weren’t sure where he’d land for the rest of the season.
But as of now, Thornburg appears to be stay in the rotation for the rest of the season but likely won’t start again until Milwaukee clears two upcoming off days. The Brewers are off Thursday and Monday before starting a stretch of 20 games in a row to end the season.
“Right now he’s in the plan to make more starts,” Roenicke said. “We’re messed up with the two off-days. We’ve got to bump a couple of starters. But he’s going to make some more. At least right now the plan is to have him make more starts.”
Thornburg’s ERA of 0.50 in his first three starts is second among National League pitchers in their first three starts of the season. Only Atlanta’s Paul Maholm was better with a 0.00 ERA.
Call-ups announced soon: Roenicke will likely announce the remainder of the team’s September call-ups after Monday afternoon’s game with the Pirates.
While he wouldn’t reveal who is coming, right-hander Jimmy Nelson and first baseman/outfielder Sean Halton had their names on the lineup card in the clubhouse. Right-hander Johnny Hellweg is also likely to return to the big league club once Nashville wraps up its season Monday.